Graphs of Quadratic Functions

How high is too high for a belly flop? Learners analyze data to model the world record belly flop using a quadratic equation. They create a graph and analyze the key features and apply them to the context of the video.

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CCSS: Designed
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Instructional Ideas
  • Challenge pupils to create their own videos modeling a dropped or launched object; ask them to include an explanation of the mathematics within the video
  • Have your class use the regression feature of a graphing calculator to verify quadratic equations
Classroom Considerations
  • Mathematicians need access to the videos and the capabilities to stop and start the video
Pros
  • Video is motivational for your class
  • Use of real-life data strengthens the connections to the key features of the graph
Cons
  • None